What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a form of clear braces that straighten your teeth without all the wires and brackets. They are customized clear plastic aligners that adjust your teeth based on your specific needs. They work just like traditional braces—they apply slight pressure to your teeth to move them into a straighter smile. Every two weeks or so you will replace your aligner with a new, tighter aligner that will continue to move your teeth. Every aligner is constructed using computer graphics technology to fit your mouth and gradually move your teeth into their new position.
Patients love Invisalign because it is nearly invisible and allows them to straighten their teeth without having to wear metal braces. In the image above the woman is wearing Invisalign. You can see that it’s virtually undetectable and lets you show off your stunning new smile!
Can everyone use Invisalign?
Invisalign is not an option for every adult. Most teeth can be fixed with Invisalign, but severe issues may require metal or ceramic clear braces. Your orthodontist will let you know what they recommend. We are excited to also offer Invisalign Teen, which is a version of Invisalign made specifically for teenagers. Check out our Invisalign Teen page for more details.
How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?
You should wear your aligners for 20–22 hours a day. You can take them out for eating, brushing, flossing, and sporting activities if necessary. Invisalign is not effective if you don’t wear your aligners, so we recommend wearing them as often as possible.
Imagine eating, drinking, and brushing without having to work around metal braces and worrying whether they are clean after every meal. Invisalign is actually better for your dental health than traditional braces because you can brush and maintain your dental hygiene as normal.
How long does Invisalign take?
Your orthodontist will give you an estimate of how long your treatment will take and how many aligners you will need to use. The number of aligners and treatment time both depend on the severity of your malocclusions, but generally patients need between 12–48 aligners and most patients wear them for 12–18 months.
Every 4–6 weeks you will visit your orthodontist to get a new batch of aligners. Your doctor will monitor your progress and make adjustments to your treatment as needed. Our Invisalign Las Vegas orthodontists are certified by Align Technology to diagnose and treat using Invisalign.
Are you ready to see the difference Invisalign can make in your smile? Contact us today to make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our Las Vegas Invisalign orthodontists.